CCC Wednesday Communique — July 13, 2022

“Finally Warm Enough for a Picnic” (photo courtesy of Hazel Wells on Pinterest)

Happy Wednesday!

New this week:

Come grow with 4-H at the Washington County Fair 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H invites all Washington County youth ages 5–18 to contribute what their favorite garden grows to the 4-H exhibit at the Washington County Fair Aug. 27–28 at the Pembroke Fairgrounds, 222 Old County Road, Pembroke.  “Come Grow with 4-H” garden exhibit categories include vegetables, flowers, herbs and indoor gardening. Entries can be submitted at the UMaine Extension office, O’Brien House, University of Maine Machias by Thursday, Aug. 25 or Friday, Aug. 26, at the Pembroke fairgrounds. Youth can enter up to three exhibits. Premiums and ribbons will be awarded. Register and find exhibit guidelines, including how to enroll in Maine 4-H, by Aug. 19 on the event webpage.  For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-.255-3345;

RUBI Training
The Office of Child and Family Services is pleased to provide the opportunity for eligible behavioral health providers in Maine to receive training in Research Units in Behavior Intervention (RUBI) beginning in September 2022. This opportunity is available to providers of Rehabilitative and Community Services (RCS), Crisis Residential, Children’s Residential Care Facility (CRCF) Services, Therapeutic Foster Care, Children’s Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitals, and family organizations who serve youth (up to age twenty (20) in Maine, as well as Home and Community Treatment (HCT) and Outpatient (OP) Therapy providers. Preference will be given to individuals who work directly with families of children with Intellectual Disability and Autism diagnoses. The training will be offered statewide and at no cost to participants. The participant’s agency (employer) will be eligible for reimbursement for each participant’s time in training and each participant will receive all training materials as well as one year of materials for families.  Learn more here.

Housing Rehab in Full Swing
Maine Seacoast Mission’s Housing Rehab program is in full swing and has once again partnered with Downeast Community Partners (DCP) for the 2022 season. What is more exciting, the recent boon of $75,000 gift our partnership received from the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust. Since 2015, DCP and the Mission, through their joint renovation and weatherization project, have improved and weatherized sixty homes in Downeast Maine. Support from the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust has underwritten the collaboration, attracting additional support from other funders. For the summer of 2022, DCP and the Mission have identified approximately fifteen homes in Washington County and the Schoodic Peninsula area to receive home repairs and/or weatherization.  Learn more here.

VISTA Food Security Coordinator
Downeast Community Partners has an opening for a VISTA Food Security Coordinator. Are you passionate about food security, being a part of community, and helping to improve quality of life by reducing the effect of hunger?  Then you are the perfect person to become an AmeriCorps VISTA Ending Hunger Volunteer who will help to fulfill DCP’s mission to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in our Downeast communities. This is a Service Opportunity that comes with a bi-weekly cost of living stipend, a choice of education award or cash stipend upon completion of service, health benefits and more, all provided through AmeriCorps VISTA Ending Hunger Program. Learn more here.

 INSPIRE July Calendar of Events
Download INSPIRE’s calendar of events for the month of July, featuring some new support groups like Recovery in Nature, Overeaters Anonymous, and Nurturing Parenting in Recovery.  Please feel free to share the calendar with anyone and everyone.  Contact Tracy Crossman with your questions.

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